Well, based on the advise of some of our members, I bought a Boss DR-5 Rhythm machine off of ebay. I was looking for a device to use as a metronome but without the annoying beep...beep...beep. This thing is a freakin' marvel but I'm not when it comes to using it. I guess that it is best to understand that I have very little original music in my soul. I'm not overflowing with ideas and am not very driven to create MY own music. I am more of a collaborative type when it comes to original compositions. So this machine is probably lost on me. I do however see it's potential but need some practical assistance with some basic programming. I have the manual, so that is a plus but I think the space shuttle might have come with a simpler set of instructions. Is there anyone out there that could give me some pointers on figgerin' this thing out? We should certainly talk offline or by email. Thanx for any help you can offer.